The mission of CrimePsych is to enhance the understanding of the Psychology of Offending. It does so by providing online courses and live events where people from any background can learn the motivations, justifications and underlying behavioural characteristics of criminality. CrimePsych aims to bring awareness of Investigative Psychology, Offender Profiling, and Forensic Psychology to illustrate the ways in which these disciplines can be used to understand offending.
CrimePsych helps people develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills that will enable them to interpret offending behaviour and gain insight into criminality. CrimePsych offers information on many aspects of criminality including deception, stalking, domestic abuse, rape, and murder, which delivered through weekly blogs, vlogs, live events and online course.
Meet Dr Kathryn Hughes
I have always been fascinated by crime and criminal behaviour. I would watch fictional TV programs and real crime documentaries and often wonder if it was actually possible to get into the mind of the offender. Actually, I thought I could do it myself because I had watched that many programs! My favourite film was Silence of the Lambs and my favourite TV series were Cracker and CSI. I would watch many experts give psychological profiles of famous criminals and would have so many questions. I wanted to know, what drives people to commit crimes and how are these people different from the rest of us?
I have always had a passion for learning and decided to become a student later in life. I went to college and university to learn about the psychology of offending. I was a little bit disappointed to learn that you couldn’t deduce everything about an offender by examining the crime scene, but the reality was so much better.
I was lucky enough to work alongside one of the world leaders in criminal psychology, Professor David Canter. As soon as I started university I was determined to get involved in his work. I worked as an intern and research assistant for Professor Canter and it was very much sink or swim – fortunately I stayed afloat.
One of my first assignments was to go out and interview members of the general public. This lead to me doing interviews with prisoner’s in North West England. That was like a dream come true. I got to interview murderers, gang members, fraudsters, and many more about their crimes. I’m sure at one point I asked to be referred to as Clarice! I was surprised by how nice the majority of prisoners seemed to be.
I decided to set up CrimePsych to share my knowledge and experience in the psychology of offending. I want to share my passion for learning with others and encourage people to ask questions and seek out answers. For every crime there is a victim, therefore it is against my moral values to glorify or dramatize offending in any way. Everything I do is based on fact and research and is aimed at improving understanding.
Investigative Psychology is the scientific study of crime and criminal investigations. Professor David Canter coined the term ‘Investigative Psychology’ in 1990. This term grew out of the recognition that there were many ways in which established psychological theories could contribute to criminal and other investigations.
This approach is distinct from early Offender Profiling attempts. It has been suggested that the term Offender Profiling brings about connotations of a seasoned detectives deducing things about an offender. Investigative Psychology is more of a scientific approach and attempts to describe the actions of offenders and develop an understanding of crime using established psychological principles. This understanding can then help solve crimes and contribute to prosecution and defence procedures.
Investigative Psychology examines a range of issues including how and why people offend, who is likely to offend and why, the ways in which police decision making can be improved, interviewing methods, and improving eyewitness testimony.
Early studies tended to focus on what the offender did, increasingly it has become apparent that attention to what the police do is also of great academic and practical interest. Thus, increased attention has, in recent years, begun to explore the significance of police decision making, problem solving, evaluating legal testimony and investigative interviewing alongside exploring the psychological significance of how offenders operate.
Very interesting course today, went in knowing little to nothing and found myself really enjoying it!Sean Miller
Loved the introductory to Offender Profiling course! Fascinating and really informative! Really makes you think, and see things differently – will be attending further courses for sure! Tutor creates a relaxed atmosphere and injects a fun element.Kim Bunting
Gives you something to think about!Vicki Costello
Very good event, very insightful. Lots of great information, everything explained in plain English with little jargon. I would recommend to anyone, would make a very good group event.Jonathan
This was really interesting and thought provoking. We managed to work out the killer but it took a bit of thought. It was great and fun to do as a group although it could just as easily be done alone. I would recommend this event for anyone who wants to do something different on a night out with friends.Pauline
What a fantastic event. Really enjoyed our evening and learned so much that you couldn’t possibly understand without an expert explanation. Really tangible information without telling you the answer! I would LOVE to join the next event.Cat
This was great! Makes everyone think, collaborate, argue, deduce….makes great teamwork too. I personally have really enjoyed this, It is what I expected and more. I know my friends will really enjoy this when we come next time.Jeanette
Extremely interesting, TV makes it look so easy. Really enjoyed it, very easy to follow the instructions.Shirley
Very interesting lecture. Easy to follow instructions and information.Kathleen